Here at A-1 Self Storage, we know our success is due to our wonderful team. The care they give our customer is unparalleled and we want to highlight their milestones along the way. Below is an interview with Harold Elevado, celebrating his sixth year at A-1 Self Storage.
You can meet Harold at A-1 Self Storage on Morena Blvd in San Diego.
Colby: Good afternoon, Harold. What year anniversary are you celebrating this year?
Harold: This will be my sixth-year anniversary.
Colby: Year six, okay! Have you always been at the same location?
Harold: No I have actually been at 4 different locations.
Colby: How long have you been at your current location in Morena?
Harold: A little over a year now.
Colby: How does your Morena experience compare to your experience at other A-1 Self Storage facilities?
Harold: It's a lot smaller. I work here by myself, so I don't really have any coworkers. If anything goes wrong here it's all on me.
Colby: Hey no pressure, right? But when things go all right that's also all on you right?
Harold: Yeah, that is a good thing. You're right.
Colby: Cool, cool. What would you say is the biggest thing that you've learned about the self storage industry in the six years you've been with A-1 Self Storage?
Harold: How to be a manager. How to manage your time well and prioritize. There is a lot more that goes on behind the scenes than most people expect, like legal processing. Just handling the multiple tasks in a day.
Colby: What was it that drew you to A-1 Self Storage six years ago when you first applied?
Harold: I was actually watching a Storage Wars episode, and I thought that it was interesting. I started to wonder what if you had people coming to your facility all the time and had to sort out their problems, because I am sure it's not as glamorous or easy as they make it look on TV.
Colby: Have you ever dealt with the Storage Wars guys before? Do they ever come out there?
Harold: I have met a couple of them before, but now that we do them online, we don't really have that much interaction with the storage auctions now.
Colby: Any interesting stories over the past year if anybody asks what it's like to work in storage?
Harold: There aren't really any good stories that I hear, but it's more of the stuff that I can learn from other people's stories that they tell me. Most of the time, we have storage after unfortunate events, like a death in the family. I try to use those stories to learn and make myself a better person. Like if someone told me that someone passed away in their family, I want to treat that like it's my family. It gives you perspective on things.
Colby: Outside of storage, Harold, what are some of your favorite things to do when you're not at work?
Harold: I am a sports fan. I like to play sports and I am in a couple leagues for basketball and football right now actually. I like to be as active as possible.
Colby: Being active is important. Thank you for taking the time to talk with me for your anniversary. Is there anyone you'd like to give a shout out to in celebration of your six years in storage?
Harold: Rosie, she is the call center manager now. But she was one of the first managers that helped me become the manager I am now. She taught me a lot of skills that I try to put into my own way of managing.